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Diemtigen -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Diemtigen
Canton Berne
District Frutigen-Niedersimmental
46°38′N 7°33′E / 46.633°N 7.55°E / 46.633; 7.55Coordinates: 46°38′N 7°33′E / 46.633°N 7.55°E / 46.633; 7.55
Population 2,138 (December 2007)
  - Density 16 /km2 (43 /sq mi)
Area 130.0 km2 (50.2 sq mi)
Elevation 609 m (1,998 ft)
Postal code 3753
SFOS number 0762
Surrounded by Adelboden, Boltigen, Därstetten, Erlenbach im Simmental, Frutigen, Oberwil im Simmental, Reichenbach im Kandertal, Sankt Stephan, Wimmis, Zweisimmen
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Diemtigen is located in Switzerland

Diemtigen is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

In 1986, the community was awarded the Wakker Prize for preservation of its architectural heritage.



Diemtigen is first mentioned in 1257 as Diemtingen.[1]


Diemtigen has an area of 130 square kilometers (50.2 sq mi). Of this area, 49.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 29.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (19.3%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]


Diemtigen has a population (as of 31 December 2008) of 2,145.[3] As of 2007, 2.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (98.2%), with Albanian being second most common ( 0.5%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 0.4%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 70% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the local small left-wing parties (7.6%), the Green Party (6%) and the SPS (5.9%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.3% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 57.5% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 16.2%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Diemtigen about 61.8% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).

Diemtigen has an unemployment rate of 0.83%. As of 2005, there were 420 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 145 businesses involved in this sector. 289 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 46 businesses in this sector. 331 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 79 businesses in this sector.[2] The historical population is given in the following table:[1]

year population
1764 1,138
1850 2,150
1900 2,014
1950 2,049
1970 1,913
2000 2,054

Wakker Prize

The Wakker prize is given each year by the Swiss Heritage Society to a Municipality of Switzerland for the development and preservation of its architectural heritage. In 1986, Diemtigen was given the prize for consistent planning that remained spared much of an area measuring 130 km2 (50.2 sq mi) from development. The scattered nature of the municipality made this more difficult, because there are many scattered land owners with different goals. However, the municipality was able to create a number of large landscape protection zones, which limited and concentrated holiday house areas to a few places.[4]

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